Rep. Barletta supports regulatory relief bill that benefits Greater Hazleton project

Oct 13, 2011
Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta, PA-11, released the following statement on the passage of the EPA Regulatory Relief Act (H.R. 2250):

Today, I voted to remove burdensome overregulation that would dramatically hurt the Greater Hazleton Joint Sewer Authority project to install a sewage sludge incinerator.

The GHJSA incinerator project was already approved when the EPA decided to institute regulations that would be impossible to meet. This was unfair, and it put the GHJSA project in jeopardy. I hope this common-sense vote will help  remove any uncertainty about these unfair regulation changes and get the GHJSA incinerator project back on track.

The bill passed with bipartisan support.



Chris Carsia, director of operations for the Greater Hazleton Joint Sewer Authority, said the project to install a sewage sludge incinerator has been in the works for about five years. Carsia said the estimated project cost is about $15 million. The new EPA regulations – which were implemented after the project was approved – would have added between $4 million to $5 million to the project’s overall cost.

From hospitals to factories to colleges, thousands of major American employers use boilers that will be impacted by the EPA’s new “boiler MACT” rules. These new stringent rules will impose billions of dollars in capital and compliance costs, increase the cost of many goods and services, and put more than 200,000 jobs at risk.  The American forest and paper industry, for example, will see an additional burden of at least $5 billion to $7 billion. 

H.R. 2250, the EPA Regulatory Relief Act, sponsored by Rep. Morgan Griffith (VA), would provide a legislative stay of four interrelated rules issued by the EPA in March 2011.  The legislation would also provide the EPA with at least 15 months to re-propose and finalize new, achievable rules that do not destroy jobs, and provide employers with an extended compliance period.

H.R. 2250 halts harmful EPA rules applying to 200,000 boilers, process heaters, and solid waste incinerators at 92,000 U.S. facilities; directs the EPA to re-propose new, less harmful rules within 15 months; and extends compliance time from three to five years.

Without this bill, U.S. companies would face billions in compliance costs; the potential loss of hundreds of thousands of American jobs; and successful national recycling programs would be jeopardized.